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That’s what Charlie’s Aunt Ora Maye used to say about pretty things. They say that the more brightly colored a vegetable is, the better it is for you. I can hardly believe that anything so beautifulpurdy and that tastes so good can also be healthy. The farmers’ market season is winding down–boo hoo for me! We celebrated Meatless Monday yesterday with this feast. Red tomatoes, golden corn, green kale (dressed with brown soy sauce) and orange butternut squash.

I didn’t remember how I cooked butternut squash the only other time I made it, so I got out Mark Bittman’s HOW TO COOK EVERYTHING and got a recipe. This is a paraphrase.

BRAISED BUTTERNUT SQUASH

  • olive oil
  • garlic
  • 1/4 cup stock or bouillon
  • seasonings to taste
  • butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed

Heat olive oil and heat garlic until fragrant–remove garlic. I just use garlic-infused olive oil and save a step. Add stock or bouillon. I used vegetarian vegetable, but chicken or any other you like will do. This is a sweet squash, so I’m thinking honey ham broth would be excellent. Add squash. Turn to medium to get the stock bubbling, then cover and reduce heat. Cook for 15 minutes. Remove cover and raise the temp. Cook, WATCHING CAREFULLY, for another 10 minutes or so, until all the liquid evaporates. Stir the squash until you feel like Okay, that’s enough of that.

Charlie and I both liked it. He said he liked it better than acorn squash, which has been our go-to winter squash. I’m definitely going to branch out into other squashes. YUM.

In other news, I did the edits on my science fiction story this morning and really like the changes. Just some tweaks, I’m happy to say, since it mostly worked. Now I need to reread the other science fiction story I’m submitting and see if it needs any work before I take it in to the group.

MA

writing prompt: Get out an old story and see if it works. If it doesn’t start out with a tug, try cutting the first scene. Go on–you can always put it back. Cut out everything until you get to the first tug–a problem, a challenge, a conflict, an emotional punch. See if you can start the story there and fill in anything important that happened before that. No fair putting a punchy first sentence and then flashing back to the boring stuff. I do that all the time, and it’s sucky.

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